Confession Challenge, anyone?

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Confession Challenge, anyone?
Tue, 12-11-2012 - 10:54pm

Today's Gospel was about the Shepherd leaving the 99 to go in search of the one.  Because it is The Father's will that none be lost.

How about a challenge to find a way to make it to confession during Advent?  It is a wonderful way to prepare ourselves to celebrate Jesus' coming into our lives in an ever deeper way.

Once I had been many years away from this sacrament, and made my return on a cold Advent evening.  I felt the warmth of our Heavenly Father's embrace.  Truly a life- changing event for me.

Need some practical advice?  Check out my diocese's website... and look for "The Light is ON For You".  Lots of good info there.  Check your diocesan website or parish bulletin...perhaps there is a similar program where you are.  

Need some spiritual incentive?  Try reading the parable of the Prodigal Son.  Or the parable about the shepherd leaving the 99 to go in search of the 1. Know that God already knows what you are going to tell that priest, and is waiting to draw you into His heart of mercy.  Be not afraid!

Think of it as an intimate meeting with Jesus.  The priest is just his instrument...sitting in for him.  

Really, the minimum requirement for Catholics to receive the Sacrament of Penance is once a year.  Somewhere (might have been our Bishop) I heard that "the minimum should not become the maximum".

Listen to that quiet, still voice of the Lord calling you...promise yourself and pray for a way to receive this sacrament during Advent, and then use your experience to encourage others (here or in real life).  That mercy and grace might well be your best Christmas present.  Any takers?


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Registered: 04-07-2002
Fri, 12-21-2012 - 7:26pm

I'm hoping to make it tomorrow.  This has become a regular thing for me, and I've been making it at least once a month since the summer I believe.  Tomorrow is the Advent outing.  I have to think of what to say.  What I seem to be struggling with lately is not remembering my sins.

There is so much sin in the world, let's not all be part of it.  Let us join together and repent.

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 11:31pm

I went the first Sunday in Advent, and had the rare experience of waiting in line at my parish for Confession.  That was good to see. 

In the couple of weeks since then, things have been difficult at home.  I will spare you the details, but I was feeling very discouraged, angry, and tired of the whole mess.  We had confession at our parish Monday evening.  There was not a long line, but a steady stream of people.  I think I had to wait for 4 people when I got there, and when I left there were more.  (Before I left home, I had asked my own offspring if they wanted to go - at 15 and 17, I can't exactly drag them there, and they went in early November...  They wanted to know what I thought about the chances of the world ending this weekend....)  But I digress.

I had written down my feelings, faults, and failings Monday morning as I sat in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and I took that with me into the confessional.  IT wasn't anything long.  I sighed deeply as I sat down.  My good priest knows of the circumstances of my life.  I laid it all at the feet of lack of compassion, my anger, frustration, etc.  The knowledge that it probably wouldn't change when I left the confessional.  

My priest is always so encouraging.  We talked for a few minutes.  Well, mostly he talks and I listen.  He encouraged me in the steps I am taking to deal with the situation.  The one thing that I really took away was that my anger was justified (righteous, he called it).  But to offer it to God each day.  Not because it is wrong, but so that Jesus can help me to channel it in a constructive way.

I left feeling SO much lighter.  My penance was to spend some time in the quiet church, just resting with Jesus.  Much more of a gift than a penance.  And from the time I got home, things have been better.  The calm before the storm, maybe.  Or the healing hand of Jesus.  I'll take it however I can get it.  

So that's my story for this time.  Be not afraid!  GO!  

I saw somewhere that one of the saints said that the greatest thing we can offer to Jesus is our sins.  Go figure.

Go to confession!


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